Sunday, 30 October 2011

Autumnal Card Challenge

October's card challenge at Crafts on the Net was Autumn or Hallowe'en and as I have enough of Hallowe'en at work, I opted for Autumn but with a difference.  I used the colours of Autumn but images from a Chinese stamp set, using a Bonsai tree as the main image.

Using red, orange and yellow StazOn, I stamped a large blossom image from the set onto the white card blank then overstamped with a smaller cherry blossom branch in black StazOn.  I die cut a white and red oval using the Cricut and the Gypsy Wanderings font and double stamped the blossom image onto the white oval in orange to give a faint background picture.  Then I used the 3 Autumn colours to ink the Bonsai stamp to complete the main image.  I edged the white oval in gold Pentouch and inked the edge of the red oval with black StazOn before matting and layering the two with 3D Foam.

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Friday, 21 October 2011

Journal Your Christmas

Woohoo!  It's nearly that time again.  Yes folks, it'll soon be time for Shimelle Laine's fantastic on-line class Journal Your Christmas.  I joined in last year for the first time and really enjoyed it.  If you want to check it out click HERE

I decided to make my own album again this year using my Bind-it-All but with acrylic covers for a change.  I did consider making a bigger album but when I looked at last year's I really liked the 8" x 8" size and as I managed to fill the pages without running out of space, I've opted for the same size again.  Here's the completed album cover.

I used a cream embossed cardstock and highlighted some of the embossed stars with red StazOn before adding the 2 pieces of red card at the top and bottom to create my cover page.  Then I stamped onto the acrylic cover using red StazOn for the title and black for the sleigh image.  The fact that the lettering is slightly wonky is not by design but I think it adds to the feel of the album.  You might think that I've used rather large O wires for the binding but last year my album became quite bulky with pieces of ephemera that were added so I wanted to make sure that there was enough room to turn the pages comfortably.
Shimelle's class begins on 1st December and continues through to the New Year but you can choose when to stop your album.  Last year I kept going until New Year's day but this time I'm going to stop on Boxing Day and then add New Year's Eve only.
This year I've decided I'm definitely going to journal my Christmas as it comes, warts and all!!  Not as easy as you think when we're so used to taking the best photo and using it in our albums but the whole point of this class is to document what really happens and the way things really look.  So no more tidying up the mess before snapping away with the camera, or moving ornaments and placing them artfully next to the subject.  
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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Tag Along

Remember the tag I made into a card?  Well here's another one.  I took a pale blue pearlescent card blank and matted and layered a piece of matching cardstock from the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby paper stack and then simply added the tag together with the sentiment.  So simple, so chic!


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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Still Playing About

Still messing about with Christmas card ideas and different techniques.  This time I used heat embossing but kept to a simple, uncluttered design. 

Take a white card blank and a sentiment stamp and heat emboss across the card, running some of the wording off the edges.  I used red embossing powder and then red StazOn and Cut 'N' Dry Foam to ink the edges and lightly over the card to give some colour.  Repeat the stamping onto another piece of smaller white card, inked in the same way and mount onto co-ordinating mirror board and adhere with 3D foam.

Again, I like the rough, random, grungy effect using this technique but a crisper result could be achieved by stamping the sentiment.  Why not mix the sentiments up and use two or more colours or use a mixture of heat embossing and stamping.

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Monday, 10 October 2011

The Xmas Factor

Yes it's time to start thinking about stirring the pudding and making the cards.  Christmas is on it's way.  I think it's fun to play around with different ideas for cards before deciding on one or two designs that I want to use and this year I can sell these trial cards to raise money for Cancer Research.  I'm taking part in the Relay for Life on 24th September as part of a large team of teachers from school.

For the first trial idea I used the free stamp with the October issue of Craft Stamper Magazine which is a grunge star.  I used a white card blank and made masks of the image then double and single stamped with blue StazOn to give variety.  I used silver embossing powder to add more stars to finish the background and die cut the sentiment using the Cricut and Gypsy Wanderings font.


I like the fun, modern feel this effect has and as an alternative to the more traditional colours and images, I think it's definitely got potential and I love having a go at making my own backgrounds.  There will be more trial and error cards to come but in the meantime why not have a go at creating your own background papers or card blanks.

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Thursday, 6 October 2011

When is a Tag, Not a Tag?

Recently I've made a couple of tags for blog challenges and decided I needed to do something with them.  A tag book is one idea  but I don't often make tags, so it would sit empty for a long time.  And then it struck me, what a great topper for a card. I don't know why I didn't think of it before but then sometimes I'm a bit slow! 

I simply matted and layered this tag onto black cardstock and then onto the pink card blank and added the die cut sentiment using the Cricut and Gypsy Wanderings font.  It couldn't be easier and I think it makes a lovely and unusual card.

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Monday, 3 October 2011

Seasonal ATCs

Here are my ATCs for the September Crafts on the Net swap where the theme was Autumn.  Naturally I kept to the traditional colours associated with this time of year and of course, leaves feature heavily too.

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